AFP modernization, reporma para sa kapayapaan at seguridad kabilang sa mga legacy ng administrasyong Duterte – DND

Robie de Guzman   •   July 21, 2021   •   218

MANILA, Philippines – Ang modernisasyon at pagpapalakas sa kapasidad ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ang isa umano sa mga maituturing na pinakamalaking pamana ng administrasyong Duterte.

Ayon kay Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, maraming nabiling military assets sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

Kabilang aniya rito ang dalawang missile capable frigates, anim na close air support aircrafts, at 16 na combat utility helicopters.

“The biggest accomplishment or legacy that will be left by President Duterte in the defense department is procurement of military assets. We had a lot of assets procured during his time,” ang wika ni Lorenzana sa pre-SONA forum na ginanap sa Camp Aguinaldo noong Miyerkules, Hulyo 21.

Ayon sa kalihim, ginagamit na ang mga biniling military asset sa air at sea patrol operations ng bansa upang masugpo ang mga iligal na gawain gaya ng smuggling at kidnapping na kadalasan noong napapaulat sa Mindanao.

Mula sa labing-anim na insidente ng pagdukot sa karagatan noong 2016 ay bumaba umano ito sa isa noong 2020, sa tulong na rin ng pakikipag-ugnayan ng pamahalaan sa ibang bansa.

“Naging mabunga rin ang ugnayan at pakikipagtulungan natin sa iba’t-ibang bansa sa loob at labas ng rehiyon. Dahil sa trilateral cooperative arrangement natin sa Indonesia at Malaysia mabilis nating napababa ang mga insidente ng kidnapping at iba pang krimen sa karagatan ng Sulu,” ani Lorenzana.

Pagdating naman sa kampanya ng pamahalaan laban sa mga rebeldeng komunista, sinabi ni National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon na 84 porsiyento ng mga lokal na pamahalaan sa bansa ang nagdeklara sa Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) bilang persona non grata.

Aabot naman sa 2,965 communist terrorists ang napatay sa mga engkwentro kung saan 80 rito ay matataas na opisyal umano ng grupo.

Nalansag rin ang nasa 24 Guerilla fronts sa bansa at nabawasan ang mga miyembro ng mga komunista matapos sumuko o mahuli ng mga otoridad.

“As part of our reintegration program former rebels are given a comprehensive package, benefits and assistance,” ani Esperon.

Dahil dito, naniniwala si Lorenzana na hindi na magiging malaki ang banta ng CPP-NPA sa mga susunod na panahon.

Samantala, pagdating naman sa takbo ng justice system sa bansa, inihayag ni Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra natumaas ng 49.46 percent ang conviction rate o nadesisyunang mga kaso sa bansa nitong nakaraang taon.

Mas mataas ito kaysa 20.40 percent noong 2016 at 41.74 noong 2018.

Samantala, ang backlog ng mga kaso na nakarating sa DOJ National Prosecution Service ay bumaba ng 29.5 percent nitong 2020 mula sa 49.80 percent noong 2016.

Kabilang ngayon sa hamon sa DOJ ay ang pag-review sa nasa 6,000 drug cases sa bansa

“And if time will permit, we will also take a look at the more than 6,000 cases which are also investigated by the PNP-IAS but the respondents were exonerated for insufficiency of evidence. Itong naunang 52 cases may finding ng administrative liability ang PNP Internal Affairs Service, so ‘yon ang uunahin namin dahil may nakita na sila dun,” ani Guevarra.

Sa huli, naniniwala ang security, justice at peace cluster ng pamahalaan na pasado ang pangulo sa kanyang mga hakbang sa pagtugon sa mga usapin sa mga nasabing sektor. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

Philippines won’t cooperate with ICC probe, Palace maintains

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday maintained that the Philippine government will not cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into the Duterte administration’s anti-drug campaign.

Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said the ICC has no jurisdiction over the Philippines and its decision to authorize an investigation into the killings under the government’s war on drugs is interference into the country’s domestic affairs.

He also stressed that the country has already withdrawn from the Rome Statute – the treaty that established the ICC.

In March 2019, the Philippines effectively withdrew from the Rome Statute after Duterte cancelled the country’s membership of the ICC’s founding treaty.

Under the ICC’s withdrawal mechanism, the court retains jurisdiction over crimes committed during the membership period of a state.

The ICC on Wednesday said that its Pre-Trial Chamber 1 has granted then Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s request to formally conduct a full investigation into the Philippines’ drug war.

Bensouda previously argued that there is a reasonable basis to believe that murder has been committed in the Philippines between July 1, 2016 and March 16, 2019 in the context of the state policy.

But Panelo said the ICC can only conduct an investigation if the state’s judicial system is no longer functional, which is not the case in the Philippines.

It must also be proven that the state is unwilling to prosecute suspects in order for the ICC to launch a probe.

Panelo said ICC probers will not be allowed to enter the Philippines. He also believes that the investigation was politically motivated.

Mayor Sara urges supporters to back President Duterte’s VP bid

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has called on the public to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s vice presidential bid in the upcoming 2022 elections.

The presidential daughter made the call as she reiterated her earlier stand that she will not run for president after her father formally accepted the nomination as the vice presidential bet of the ruling party, PDP-Laban.

“Mayroong kaming maayos na kasunduan ni Pangulong Duterte sa aming kani-kaniyang karera sa pulitika. Ibigay po natin sa kanya ang pinakamalakas natin na suporta sa kanyang desisyon na tumakbong vice president,” she said in a video message posted on her official social media account.

Mayor Sara earlier said she will not seek a national position in next year’s polls, adding that her father’s political plans will not affect her own.

Sara Duterte has consistently topped presidential election surveys.

Several political parties have also declared their support for the mayor should she decide to join the presidential race.

Mayor Sara thanked those who have expressed their support and trust in her capability as a leader.

“Pinapaabot ko ang aking taos pusong pasasalamat sa mahigit kumulang 700 parallel groups na nag-oorganisa para ako ay tumakbong pangulo. Ito ay isang karangalan na hindi nabibili at hindi ibinibigay sa lahat ng pulitiko… Sana ay ituloy natin ang pagtulong sa ating mga kababayan, kahit hindi para sa kandidatura o sa eleksyon,” she said.

Duterte tells Cabinet execs to get clearance first before attending Senate hearing

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday ordered Cabinet members to seek his clearance first before attending Senate inquiries.

 “I will require that the Cabinet members invited to your [Senate] hearings that he will clear the invitation with me,” Duterte said in a taped public address that was aired on Tuesday.

The president issued the statement as he once again criticized the Senate for holding investigations into the government’s pandemic response for the alleged anomalous transactions and purchase of pandemic supplies.

Duterte said he is not questioning Senate’s authority to conduct investigations in aid of legislation. However, he noted that some officials invited as resource persons, especially those coming from the Executive department, have attended the hearings for hours but are not given the time to say their testimonies.

He also acknowledged the upper chamber’s power to cite a person in contempt but stressed that as the president, he can also exercise his authority over his Cabinet members.

“May option kayo to cite the person in contempt. Ako na magsabi. Ako ang may utos na hindi mag-attend,” he said.

“I think I can do it as a president really if there is an abuse of authority there or exceeding the authority of the reasonable time that the Congress conducts hearing I will limit what you can do with the Rxecutive department of the government,” he added.

He also accused lawmakers of “stretching” the hearings as part of their strategies come 2022 elections.

“Tingnan ko kung pabalik-balik na lang with no other purpose except to ramble, to stretch the hearing because that is good for election until may be the election itself. Okay man yan because you are entitled to your own strategy,” he said.

Duterte likewise said he will campaign against Senator Richard Gordon for being an “unfit” lawmaker.

Gordon is the chairman of Senate Blue Ribbon Committee that is holding a probe into the government’s COVID-19 response.

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